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Ron Williamson – 1st & 2nd Open NIPA Bude

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Ron Williamson – 1st & 2nd OpenNIPA Bude

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Ron Williamson and daughter Claire winners of 1st& 2nd Open NIPA Bude, the winner has been named “Wizard Ron”.

 

When he raced in Bondhill Ron Williamson topped the NIPA on many occasions, I would near be sure one of the points with most success was Bude in Cornwall and on Sunday after the race had been delayed for one day due to the weather the Master of Portadown was back to winning ways in Bondhill Social, two birds together took 1st & 2nd Open NIPA on velocity 1119,. Each week the old bird season seems to be getting better for this record- breaking loft, in Newry & Dist this year he has topped the NIPA five times in the first six races. Many birds were missing on the da from Bude.

Ron’s daughter Claire kindly arranged a photo for me and some bird detail. The Bude 1st Open winner was a 3 year-old blue cock. Bred as you would expect in the purple and now named “Wizard Ron”. Sire is a bird named “White Nose” that won Bird of the Year in the North South Federation in 2014 and in the same season won the Sect G Meritorious Award in the RRRA (Irish Region). The 2015 season was even better. Bird of the Year again in the North South Federation, Bird of the Year in Sect G, NIPA Bird of the Year, and RPRA Best Bird any distance. Dam was “69 Er” winner of 1st Open Clonmel 9,625 birds. She was bred from “Breakaway” 1st Open with 26,627 birds competing when paired to a daughter of “Millennium Superstar”. This pair have already produced the goods “White Cheeks” that won 1st )pen NIPA Corrin in 2017 with 11.551 birds, is a full sister to “Wizard Ron” the 1st Open NIPA Bude winner.

NIPA Open Bude 571/8658 –

1-1E R Williamson Bondhill 1119, 2-2E R Williamson Bondhill 1119, 3-3E P Boyd Annaghmore 1115, 4-1A B Morgan Coalisland 1105, 5-4E S O’Brien Monaghan 1105, 6-2A D Carolan Coalisland 1102, 7-5E K Allister Monaghan 1100, 8-1G E McAlinden & Sons Banbridge 1096, 9-6E P Hope Edgarstown 1095, 10-2G Sands & Rice Ballyholland 1094, 11-7E A Larkin 1093, 12-3G R Adamson Lurgan Social 1091, 13-8E R Williamson Bondhill 1091, 14-1D Lavery Bros Hills & Maze 1088, 15-3A B Morgan 1084, 16-4G C McArdle & Son Banbridge 1083, 17-9E A Craig Laurelvale 1083, 18-10E Fitzpatrick & Hyde Gilford 1081, 19-5G R Carson & Son Banbridge 1080, 20-2D J Greenaway Hills & Maze 1079.

Best in each NIPA Section:

Section A 42/502 – Brendan Morgan Coalisland 1105, Danny Carolan Coalisland 1102, Brendan Morgan 1084.

Section B 83/1057 – J McDowell & Sons Ballymoney 1079, Danny Dixon Ballymoney 1079, John Connolly Ballymoney 1077.

Section C 95/1156 – Rea & Magill Larne & Dist 1075, D & J Campbell Eastway 1065, A & T Agnew Ballyclare & Dist 1056.

Section D 63/1026 – Lavery Bros Hillsborough & Maze 1088, Jeff Greenaway Hillsborough & Masze 1079, P & J Boal Dromore 1068.

Section E 131/2694 – Ron Williamson Bondhill 1119, Ron Williamson Bondhill 1119, P Boyd Annaghmore 1115.

Section F 38/458 – P Brown & Son Corrigs HPS 1028, James Cleland Corrigs HPS 1010, J & P Rice Killyleagh Central 977.

Section G 70/1462 – E McAlinden & Sons Banbridge 1096, Sands & Rice Ballyholland 1094, R Adamson Lurgan Soc 1091.

Section H 49/303 – D Devine Strabane & Dist 930, T McBride Strabane & Dist 920, R & G Martin Maiden City 910.

NIPA Race/Date

Bude – Sunday 19th July, liberation 7.45am wind North

NIPA Sect A Clubs

Coalisland & District – Brendan Morgan 1105, Danny Carolan 1102, Brendan Morgan 1084, R Corey 1058, 1055, K Murphy 1039.

Coleraine Premier HPS 11/126 - J Hanson 1074, D Coyle & Son 1035, J L Madden 1032, Diamond Bros & G McLaughlin 1014, S Diamond 1004, D Coyle & Son 999.

Coleraine & County Derry – D Platt & Son 1040, 1011, 892.

Cookstown Social – Kenny Morton & Sons 1025, Steve Marshall 993, 971.

Castledawson – Sam Watson 907, S McFlynn 863, 857.

Windsor Social 8/63 – C Morrow & Son 1032, Rab Montgomery 904, R & J Parke 894, A & M Glass 877. Well done Clifford, super pigeon on a hard day.

NIPA Sect H Clubs

Amelia Earhart - With no bird’s clocked on the day, William Mac clocked early this morning to win. Well done William, taking 1st place on the first 2 channel races. 1. William McCloskey 567

Derry & District 10/39 – A McCrudden 877, 868, 822, J & G Ramsey 652. Great flying Anthony well done again.

Foyle RPS 5/25 – Barry Hart 797, Picka Maxwell 686. Well done to Barry again on winning the second channel race. That’s 2 out of 2 on the channel after winning Talbenny last week! He’s the man to beat on the channel with his super Red cock! Also well done to Picka on clocking on what turned out to be a really tough race, all over!

Limavady – Liam Millar 835, H Crawford 827, Liam Millar 809.

Maiden City 10/87 – R & G Martin 910. Toughest Bude race for years with Roy & Gary Martin timing the only bird in the club. A game pigeon to keep at it against the wind into the North/West. Very well- done lads, great performance best in the City of Derry Federation.

Mourne & District – David Booth 846, C & C Reid 753, David Booth 726, 712.

Strabane & District – David Devine 930, Tom McBride 920, Neil McGavigan 905, 829. Today's race was from Bude and David Devine clocked a very good hen gifted by Neil McGavigan into the northwest at 5.17pm today she was sent on chipping eggs and it done the trick.  This man really deserves this win he tries hard every single week and helps members out with their training , well done David. Congratulations to Snoogy, Tom and Neil taking 1st, 2nd and 4th Section, super result lads

NIPA Sect B Clubs

Ahoghill Flying Club 6/102 – Mr & Mrs Robinson 1065, 1018, Tom Young & Son 1008, 1005, 996, C Moore 989. Brooke Supplies 2 Bird Club – M/M Robinson 1065, T Young & Son 1008.

Ballymena & District 7/91 – Martin Graham 1074, 1043, 1006, 985, 981, 969. Twice National winner Martin Graham had a super card here taking the top seven positions in the club and also the best two birds in the town beating the next fancier by a quarter of an hour. His winning blue yearling cock was clocked at 15.39pm for the 289 miles fly to the lofts on the Old Cullybackey Road. The cock was bred by Danny Dixon of Rasharkin. The sire being the famous "Belgie Cock" who is sire of many winners and the dam was in fact purchased by Danny for £900 at a sale of Martins and she is a direct daughter of "The Big Hen" This pair also bred Danny his 7th Open Penzance YB National pigeon last year. Martin's winner flew Talbenny last week and was then paired up to his hen.

Ballymoney HPS 19/218 – J McDowell & Sons 1079. D Dixon 1077, J Connolly 1077, A Wilson 1074, D Dixon 1058, D & H Stuart 1055. Great result for the furthest flying club in Sect B, the top four filled the top four Sect B positions and J McDowell & Sons won 1st Sect B for the second time this year. They have won with the highest velocity and the lowest velocity. This winner was a 2 year old blue hen Staf van Reet, both parents were purchased from Pete Norton of Walsall. Last year from Talbenny the hen won 10th Sect & 20th Open NIPA, she is a good one.

Ballymoney West Combine  - J McDowell & Son 1079, Brown & Stewart 996, M Gamble & Son 983, R J Elliott 512, J McConaghie 885, W Blair 863.

Dervock RPS 5/40 – D & H Stuart 1055, 1013, 979, S Laverty 944, D Devenney 749, C McCook 714.

Broughshane & District – Mrs Valerie Gage 788, Marc Neilly 782.

Cullybackey HPS – G Gibson 1008, 1007, 988. The members extend their sincere condolences having learned of the passing of former member Hugh Surgenor, a larger than life character and an excellent racer over many years having retired from the sport some time ago. Condolences to his wife Madeline and the family circle, donations in lieu of flowers to James Henry Funeral Services, 100 Broughshane St, Ballymena. BT43 6EE for The Chest Heart & Stroke Association.

Crumlin & District – John Harkness 1045, Patsy McGarrity 1003, K Carson & Son 999, S Thompson 987, 980.

Harryville HPS – J Millar & Son 1031, 981, A McBride 978, 977, R H Clements 965, 938. Well done Derek Millar winning Bude with a Soontjen x Eagleson Busschaert.

Kells & District HPS 5/53 – C & D Jackson 1058, Surgenor Bros 1045, C & D Jackson 949, H Turkington 947, A Barkley & Son 918, McFarlane & Agnew 917. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – C & D Jackson 949.

Muckamore HPS 9/200 – A Steele 1061, Sam Murphy 1018, Magill & Laver 997y, Sam Murphy 997, S & N Maginty 989, S & J Bones & Yates 989

Randalstown HPS 9/117 – John Millar 1065, 1022, Hugh Boyd 1009, W & W Gilbert 1009, John Millar 995, Stewart Bros 974.

Rasharkin & District 5/57 – A C & T Tweed 943, H Cubitt 875, A C & T Tweed 874, H Cubitt 871, T Whyte 875. Danny Dixon – 1077, 1058, 1045.

NIPA Sect E Clubs

Annaghmore – P Boyd 1115, W G Neill 1071, J & E Calvin 1067, G Buckley & Son 1066, 1060, 1053.

Armagh HPS – G & A Campbell 1057, A Quinn 1048, P McLaughlin 1043, G & A Campbell 1040, A Gearaghy 1036, J Campbell 1011.

Beechpark Social – S & J McCullough 1067, H Hannagh & Son 1034, R Bothwell 1022, D Mawhinney & Son 1018, G & P Lavery 1006, H Lynch & Son 1005.

Blackwatertown HPS – R & G & G Donaldson 1032, 1030, 1020, 10181006. Well to say I am delighted to get news of another winner reported is an understatement. Over the past few week’s I have had received numerous calls and messages to say about winners bred by myself at BLARISLOFTS. Today’s latest winner is a smart looking cheq wf cock that Gary & Roy Donaldson selected last year when they acquired a kit of 6 distance youngsters. The winner is a Cyril Beattie/Van Geel cock crossed with a Battenburg hen. Well done to Gary & Roy on a fantastic result today in what was a tested day from Bude. BLARISLOFTS pigeons are putting in some great performances this year. Many thanks to everyone who has reported winners and prize-winners to me. Gary Jennings.

Bondhill Social – Ron Williamson 1119, 1119, 1091, 1062, 1054, Capper Bros 1046.

Edgarstown 14/320 – Paul Hope 1095, 1068, R & J McCracken 1049, G & C Simmons 1039, S & E Buckley 1031, P Dunlop 1017. Well done Hopey taking 1st & 2nd in a very hard race, and well done to all in the result. Pools won by Sam Craig.

Gilford & District – Fitzpatrick & Hyde 1051, A feeney & Son 1021, Fitzpatrick & hyde 1018, Hyde Bros 1005, A feeney & Son 1005.

Laurelvale – Alan Craig 1083, 1042, Jim Serplus 1039, Dowey Bros 1037, S & N Lester 1027, Alan Craig 1013.

Loughgall – S West 1064, S Corrigan 999, 924, 920, 841, S West 831.

Lurgan Social 14/254 – R Adamson 1091, S Curran 1072, Ted Furphy 1062, S Curran 1050, Tom Fitzpatrick 1026, 1024.

Markethill – R McCracken 1073, G McDowell 1040, 1001, R McCracken 998, 995, G McDowell 989. Well done Richard.

Monaghan 10/165 – S O’Brien 1105, K Allister 1100, P McFadden 1075, S O’Brien 1070, B Corley 1069, Cooney Bros 1056. Another great win on the channel today for Stephen O’Brien, in what turned out a very difficult race. Congratulations Steve.

Portadown & Drumcree – B Creaney 1036, G Matchett 1028, B Creaney 1025, A McDonald 1022, B Creaney 1021, Larkin Bros 1019. 2 Bird Club – G Matchett, A McDonald. Nomination G Matchett. Old Bird Knock-Out winner J Whitten & Son. Well done to Bobby Creaney on winning today’s challenging race. Also a very well done to all in the Top 10.

Wilton Cross – Alan Larkin 1093, Michael Duggan 1021, Alan Larkin 1007, H T & J Larkin 950, Alan Larkin 922, 917. Great result for Alan Larkin in what turned out to be a difficult days racing.

Danny Dixon tops the MAC from difficult Bude -

Bude in Cornwall was the venue for the second channel race of the season. Birds were liberated on Sunday 19th July at 07.45am in little wind but the birds would encounter a strong north westerly wind as the day went on. Best bird in the Mid Antrim Combine was Rasharkin fancier Danny Dixon. He timed his 2 year old black w/f cock at 15.55pm for the 300 miles fly to the village of Dunloy. This cock won Talbenny the previous week and also took 2nd Combine and 2nd Section B. The dam is an inbred sister of "Heartbreaker" and the sire is a son of "Heartbreaker".  That's 1st & 2nd Combine and twice x 2nd Section B for this cock in the space of 9 days.

With only a few races to go Danny Dixon of Rasharkin takes the lead for the Combine OB points Fancier of the Year. Associate member Jimmy Rock is now second and Mr & Mrs Robinson of Ahoghill are third. Top 10 - D Dixon Rasharkin 176, Jimmy Rock Associate 147, Mr & Mrs Robinson Ahoghill 120, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 118, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 79, Harry Boyd Kells 70, A McBride Associate 63, John Miller Randalstown 56, R H Clements Associate 44, M Graham Ballymena 42. Mervyn Eagleson PO.

Mid Antrim Combine Bude – D Dixon Rasharkin 1077, M Graham Ballymena 1074, Mr & Mrs Robinson Ahoghill 1065, J Millar Randalstown 1065, C & D Jackson Kells 1058, D Dixon 1058, Surgenor Bros Kells 1045, D Dixon 1045, M Graham 1043, J Millar & Son Associate 1031, J Millar Randalstown 1022, Mr & Mrs Robinson 1018, D Dixon 1011, Hugh Boyd Randalstown 1009, W & W Gilbert Randalstown 1009, T Young & Son Ahoghill 1008, G Gibson Associate 1008, G Gibson 1007, M Graham 1005, T Young & Son 1005.

 Coleraine Triangle Bude – J Hanson Coleraine Prem 1074, D Platt & Son Coleraine & Co Derry 1040, D Coyle & Son Coleraine Prem 1035, J L Madden Coleraine Prem 1032, C Morrow & Son Windsor Soc 1032, Diamond Bros & G McLaughlin Coleraine Prem 1014, D Platt & Son Coleraine & Co Derry 1011, S Diamond Coleraine Prem 1004, D Coyle & Son 999, Diamond Bros & G McLaughlin 976, J Hanson 954, A McDonnell Coleraine Prem 922, L Hanson & Son Coleraine Prem 920, Diamond Bros & G McLaughlin 913.

Foyle Valley Combine Bude – D Devine Strabane 930, T McBride Strabane 920, R & G Martin Maiden City 910, N McGavigan Strabane 905, A McCrudden Derry & Dist 877, A McCrudden 868, N McGavigan 829, A McCrudden 822, B Harte Foyle 797, Paul Maxwell Foyle 686, J & G Ramsey Derry & Dist 652.

City of Derry Federation Bude - R & G Martin Maiden City 910, A McCrudden Derry & Dist 877, A McCrudden 868, A McCrudden 822, B Harte Foyle 797, Paul Maxwell Foyle 686, J & G Ramsey Derry & Dist 652.

Mid-week Yearling National from Skibbereen -

For the second time at Skibbereen the NIPA had arranged the Yearling National, now just the one race and members can enter the maximum 20 birds either cocks or hens. The race marking was delayed for one day again weather problems and the birds were released on Wednesday 15th July at 10.30am in a Lt Westerly wind. Many congratulation to G & M Atcheson of Ligoniel a loft probably having a best-ever season having already topped the East Antrim Sect from Tullamore, Gowran Park and Corrin, and in this race 1st Sect & 1st Open NIPA. They were just ahead of J & D Braniff who had 1st Section in the Skibbereen OB Inland National.  

NIPA Open Skibbereen Yearling National 319/2980 –

1-1C G & M Atcheson Ligoniel 1443, 2-2C J & D Braniff Wheatfield 1441, 3-1G O Markey Ballyholland 1439, 4-3C D & J Campbell Eastway 1437, 5-4C D & J Armstrong & Son Carrick Soc 1433, 6-5C G & M Atcheson 1430, 7-1F P & C McComb Killyleagh Cent 1426, 8-6C D & J Campbell 1424, 9-2F Gordon Bros & Son Killyleagh Cent 1396, 10-7C D & J Armstrong & Son 1414, 11-3F McCartan Bros & Woodsides Killyleagh & Dist 1414, 12-8C G & M Atcheson 1413, 13-2G F Simpson Banbridge 1408, 14-3G S Ogle Drumnavaddy 1401, 15-4G M/M G Delaney Dromore 1400, 16-1D R Keegan & Son Hills & Maze 1400, 17-2D N Edgar & Son Dromara 1398, 18-9C D & J Armstrong & Son 1398, 19-4F Gordon Bros & Son 1396, 20-10C D & J Armstrong & Son 1395.

Best in each NIPA Section:

Section A 21/183 – Danny Carolan Coalisland 1344, L & W Bleeks Coalisland 1303, K Morton & Sons Cookstown 1293.

Section B 50/385 – Fleming Bros Crumlin & Dist 1334, H Boyd Kells & District 1324, McConville Bros Crumlin & Dist 1323.

Section C 27/438 – G & M Atcheson Ligoniel 1443, J & D Braniff Wheatfield 1441, D & J Campbell Eastway 1437.

Section D 36/396 – R Keegan & Son Hills & Maze 1400, N Edgar & Son Dromara 1398, P & J Boal Dromore 1395.

Section E 50/474 –T McKinstry Drumnavaddy 1385, J & H Muldrew & McMurray Markethill 1380, D C & P McArdle Armagh 1360.

Section F 18/137 – P & C McComb Killyleagh Cent 1426, Gordon Bros & Son Killyleagh Cent 1417, McCartan & Woodsides Killyleagh & District 1414.

Section G 37/502 – O Markey Ballyholland 1439, F Simpson Banbridge 1408, Sam Ogle Drumnavaddy 1401.

Section H 33/162 – David Booth Mourne & Dist 1156, D Canning Derry & Dist 1133, D Mullan Strabane 1078.

NIPA Centre Results that were available:

Newry Centre – O Markey Ballyholland 1439, G Murphy Ballyholland 1391, R Williamson Newry & Dist 1382, W & J Chambers Newry & Dist 1378, J F McCabe & Son Newry & Dist 1370, P & C Shields Newry & Dist 1367, G Murphy 56, P & C Shields 1355, K Byrne & Son 1353, Mal Maguire & Son Newry & Dist 1352.

Doagh Centre – D & J Campbell Eastway 1437, 1424, Grattan Bros & Speers 1395, D McIlhone Eastway 1379, Whiteside Bros Eastway 1378, J Burrows Eastway 1378, G & R Lawrie Ballyclare 1378, Grattan Bros & Speers 1378, D McIlhone 1363, D & J Campbell 1358.

Carrickfergus Centre – D & J Armstrong & Son Carrick Soc 1433, D & J Armstrong & Son 1414, D & J Armstrong & Son 1398, D & J Armstrong & Son 1395, D & J Armstrong & Son 1376, D & J Armstrong & Son 1376, N J Arthurs Ballycarry 1360, E Arthurs Ballycarry 1349, D & J Armstrong & Son 1343.

Killyleagh Centre – P & C McComb Killyleagh Cent 1426, Gordon Bros & Son Killyleagh Cent 1417, McCartan & Woodsides Killyleagh & Dist 1414, Gordon Bros & Son 1396, P & C McComb 1374, McCartaN & Woodsides 1364, Gordon Bros & Son 1363, Gordon Bros & Son 1358, Gordon Bros & Son 1358, D Grieves Killyleagh & Dist 1349.

Dromore Centre – M/M G Delaney Dromore 1400, N Edgar & Son Dromara 1398, P & J Boal Dromore 1394, N Edgar & Son 1386, Cromie & Magee Dromara 1384, P & J Boal 1369, M Russell Dromara 1360, Cromie & Magee 1355, N Edgar & Son 1355, 1352.

Loughgall Centre – J & H Muldrew & McMurray Markethill 1380, D C & P McArdle Armagh 1360, Collins & Douglas Blackwatertown 1329, G Buckley & Son Annaghmore 1327, D C & P McArdle 1318, Stanley West Loughgall 1309, K Allister Monaghan 1304, R Parkes & Son Armagh 1304, J & H Muldrew & McMurray 1300, P McFadden Monaghan 1296.

Larne Centre – Tam Mullen Larne & Dist 1339, D & P Harvey Larne & Dist 1310.

Muckamore Centre 10/81 – Fleming Bros Crumlin 1334, McConville Bros Crumlin 1323, S & J Bones & Yates Muckamore 1312, S & N Maginty 1281, S Murphy Muckamore 1279, S & N Maginty 1272, McConville Bros 1271, S Murphy 1271, S Thompson Crumlin 1254, N Lusty Muckamore 1227.

Ahoghill Centre18/128 – H Boyd Kells 1324, R Service & Son Ballymena 1311, H Boyd 1311, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1307, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1284, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1269, H Boyd 1248, A Darragh Cullybackey 1246, A Darragh 1242, S Steele Cullybackey 1237.

Harryville Centre – J Rock Harryville 1318, A McBride Harryville 1312, A Barkley & Son Kells 1247, J Rock Harryville 1230.

Ballymoney Centre – D & H Stuart Ballymoney 1254, D Dixon Ballymoney 1237, Young & Gibson Ballymoney 1228, D Dixon 1228, 1225, H Cubitt Rasharkin 1222, 1217, D Dixon 1213, D & H Stuart 1205, L Neill Ballymoney 1203.

Coleraine Centre – S Diamond Coleraine Prem 1246, A McDonnell Coleraine Prem 1243, Mrs B McCrudden Coleraine & Co Derry 1240, J Hanson Coleraine Prem 1228, E Christie Windsor Soc 1218, D Coyle & Son Coleraine Prem 1213, T McCrudden Coleraine & Co Derry 1213, R & J Parke Windsor Soc 1207, J Hanson 1205, T McCrudden 1201.

Foyle Centre – D Booth Mourne 1156, D Canning Derry & Dist 1133, D Mullan Strabane 1078, T Taggart Mourne 1075, M Rabbett Amelia Earhart 1070, J & G Ramsey Derry & Dist 1065, M Rabbett 1058, E McGettigan 1056, J & G Ramsey 1051, D Mullan 1046.

NIPA Race/Date

Skibbereen Ylr Nat – Lib Wednesday 15th July at 10.30am, wind Lt West

NIPA Sect A Clubs

Coalisland & District – Danny Carolan 1344, L & W Bleeks 1303, 1255, 1237, 1233, Danny Carolan 1230.

Coleraine Premier 12/135 – S Diamond 1241, A McDonnell 1243, J Hanson 1228, D Coyle & Son 1213, J Hanson 1228, D Coyle & Son 1213.

Coleraine County Derry – Mrs B McCrudden 1240, Terence McCrudden 1213, 1201, 1159.  

Cookstown Social – Kenny Morton & Sons 1293.

Windsor Social 8/88 – E Christie 1218, R & J Parke 1207, 1193, K Glass 1159, A & M Boyle 1142, 1134. Would like thank Jim Curry of Ballymoney HPS for breeding me winner of Skib National yesterday. He informed me bred Peter Martin Belfast Vanendabelle crossed with Willie Blair's Ballymoney.

NIPA Sect H Clubs

Amelia Earhart 7/27 – Mickey Rabbett 1070, 1058, A Mitchell 1025, Mickey Rabbett 919, W McCloskey 906. Very well done to Mickey Rabbett on winning today, with 3 birds in the Top 5. Mickey also takes the pools. Congratulations to Mickey Rabbit on a super performance today from Skibbereen. The sire of the winning pigeon is from my old family of Leo Van Rijns. This cock has now bred Michael 3 x 1st up into the Northwest. After speaking to Michael a short time ago, today’s race wasn’t straight forward as it rarely ever is for the guys up the country. Michael informed me it was closed in all day but that didn’t stop the brave little fella coming through. The sire of the winning pigeon is a half-brother of 1st Open Ulster Fed St Malo Old Bird Derby 2015. Gary Jennings.

Derry & District 8/46 – D Canning 1133, J & G Ramsey 1065, 1051, 1031, J Diamond 1030, J & G Ramsey 1020. Well done to the winner D Canning. Great flying by the Ramsey partnership in a difficult race 7 in Top 10 is indeed great flying.

Maiden City 6/38 – R & G Martin 992, F Ramsey 976, P McLaughlin 916, Concannon Bros 861, 855. Tough flying today, well done to Roy and Gary.

Mourne & District – David Booth 1156, Tom Taggart 1075.

Strabane & District – Dessie Mullan 1078, E McGettigan 1056, Dessie Mullan 1046, R Monteith 1030, R McAteer 1020, Dessie Mullan 1006. Well done to Dessie Mullan on taking 3 positions in the Top 6, great flying on hard day. The winner is a gift pigeon from Dessie’s good friend John O’Donnell.

NIPA Sect B Clubs

Ahoghill Flying Club – J Smyth & Son 1229, M/M Robinson 1205, J Smyth & Son 1204, M/M Robinson 1194, 1186, Young McManus & Sons 1181.

Ballymena & District 5/41 – R Service & Son 1311, Blair & Rankin 1307, J Eagleson & Sons 1284, W & J Smyth 1269, Blair & Rankin 1233, R Service & Son 1219. Robert and Robin Service get their second win of the season and finish a good 4th MA Combine, 6th Section B and 191st Open 2980 birds. Their winning pencil blue yearling cock driving his hen to the nest was clocked at 16.17pm flying 259 miles to their lofts at Drumtara. This cock was unraced as a young bird and is direct from Dave Stone of Windmill Lofts in Derby. The Service lofts have a great record from the NIPA Yearling National having won 1st Section B and 7th Open in 2016 and again 1st Section B and 6th Open in 2018. 

Ballymoney HPS 11/121 – D & H Stuart 1254, D Dixon 1237, Young & Gibson 1228, D Dixon 1228, 1225, 1213.

Dervock PRS 5/55 – D & H Stuart 1254, 1205, 1182, 1179, 1172, S Laverty 1152.

Ballymoney West Combine – Ballymoney West Combine - L Neill 1203, Curry & Gilmore 1166.

Broughshane & District – Colin Kennedy 1178, D Houston & Son 1083, 1064.

Cullybackey HPS – A Darragh 1246, 1242, S Steele 1237, G Gibson 1218, 1178, J & J Greer 1174.

Crumlin & District HPS – Fleming Bros 1334, McConville Bros 1323, 1271, S Thompson 1254, Fleming Bros 1223, S Thompson 1207.

Harryville HPS – J Rock 1318, A McBride 1312, J Rock 1230, 1209, R H Clements 1205.

Kells & District – Harry Boyd 1324, 1311, 1248, A Barkley & Son 1247.

Muckamore HPS 4/46 – S & J Bones & T Yates 1312, S & N Maginty 1281, Sam Murphy 1274, S & N Maginty 1272, Sam Murphy 1271, N Lusty 1227.  Well done to Jason and Trevor on topping Muckamore HPS in today’s Skibereen National.

Rasharkin & District 5/39 – H Cubitt 1222, 1212, T Whyte 1193, 1156, W McFetridge 1148, A C & T Tweed 1115. Danny Dixon – 1232, 1228, 1225, 1213, 1192.     

NIPA Sect E Clubs

Annaghmore – G Buckley & Son 1327.

Armagh HPS – D C & P McArdle 1360, 1318, R Parkes & Son 1304, J Campbell 1292, P Campbell & Son 1280, D C & P McArdle 1279.

Beechpark Social – D Mawhinney & Son 1343, 1343, 1340, G & P Lavery 1330, G McEvoy 1316, D Mawhinney & Son 1311.

Blackwatertown HPS – Collins & Douglas 1329.

Edgarstown HPS 3/30 – S & E Buckley 1322, R Bell & Sons 1319, 1316, 1277, S & E Buckley 1274, 1273. Well done Simon & Eric back to winning ways and their 4th win of the season. Happy with this boyo from Skibbereen Derby and Skibbereen yearling national. 2nd club, 6th Section E from the Derby with being beat by loft mate on the day then yesterday he finished 1st club, 14th Section E

Gilford & District – A Feeney & Son 1388, C & H Beattie 1305, Moody Bros 1298, C & H Beattie 1289.

Loughgall – Stanley West 1309.

Lurgan Social – D & B Lyness 1348, C J & B Ferris 1346, R Adamson 1334, J Douglas & Son 1322, C J & B Ferris 1318, R Adamson 1317.

Markethill – J & H Muldrew & McMurray 1380, 1300, 1287, I McCallum 1284, 1253, G Hewitt 1230. Muldrew & McMurray top Loughgall Centre.

Monaghan – K Allister 1304, P McFadden 1296, K Allister 1290, 1288, J Graham 1279, Cooney Bros 1261. Congratulations to the birthday boy celebrating after a good day at the office. Well done Keith.

Portadown & Drumcree –Well done to Larkin Bros on winning the club today.

Wilton Cross HPS – Geoff Douglas 1334, 1280, M Duggan & Son 1271, W Millar 1265. Congratulations Geoff on the win, in what was, a very difficult day flying.

Harry Boyd wins 1st MAC in the Skibbereen Yearling Nat -

The second major race of the season was the Yearling National from Skibbereen. Birds were liberated on Wednesday 15th July at 10.30am in a light westerly wind. Best bird in the area and winning the Mid Antrim Combine was Kells fancier Harry Boyd. He timed his blue chequer widowhood cock at 16.12pm for the 257 miles fly to the village. The bird was from R & J Baxter of Ballycarry, and he also wins 2nd Section B and 148th Open National 2980 birds. This was Harry's second combine win of the season having topped both Combine and Section from Gowran Park in the second week of the season.  Mervyn Eagleson PO.

After seven races Associate member Jimmy Rock still leads the OB points Fancier of the Year ahead of Johnston Eagleson & Sons of Ballymena & Dist and Danny Dixon of Rasharkin. Top 10 - J Rock Associate 147, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 118, D Dixon Rasharkin 104, Mr & Mrs Robinson Ahoghill 86, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 79, Harry Boyd Kells 70, A McBride Associate 63, R H Clements Associate 44, G Gibson Associate 40,  R Service & Son Ballymena 32

Mid Antrim Combine Skibbereen Yearling National - H Boyd Kells 1324, J Rock Associate 1318, A McBride Associate 1312, R Service & Son Ballymena 1311, H Boyd 1311, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1307, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1284, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1269, H Boyd 1248, A Barkley & Son Kells 1247, D Dixon Rasharkin 1237, Blair & Rankin 1233, J Rock 1230, J Smyth & Son Ahoghill 1229, D Dixon 1228, D Dixon 1225, H Cubitt Rasharkin 1222, R Service & Son 1219, G Gibson Associate 1218, H Cubitt 1217, D Dixon 1213, J Rock 1209, Mr & Mrs Robinson Ahoghill 1205, R H Clements Associate 1205, R Service & Son 1205.

Coleraine Triangle Skibbereen  – S Diamond Coleraine Prem 1246, A McDonnell Coleraine Prem 1243, Mrs B McCrudden Coleraine & Co Derry 1240, J Hanson Coleraine Prem 1228, E Christie Windsor Soc 1218, D Coyle & Son Coleraine Prem 1213, T McCrudden Coleraine & Co Derry 1213, R & J Parke Windsor Soc 1207, J Hanson 1205, T McCrudden 1201, P O’Connor Coleraine 1201, R & J Parke 1193, Diamond Bros & G McLaughlin Coleraine Prem 1183, S Diamond 1182, 1177, 1169, J Hanson 1165, T & J McDonald Coleraine Prem 1163, D Coyle & Son 1160, K Glass Windsor Soc 1159.

Foyle Valley Combined Skibbereen Ylr Nat – D Canning Derry & Dist 1133, D Mullan Strabane 1078, Mickey Rabbett Amelia Earhart 1070, J & G Ramsey Derry & Dist 1065, Mickey Rabbett 1058, E McGettigan Strabane 1056, J & G Ramsey 1051, D Mullan 1046, J & G Ramsey 1031, J Diamond Derry & Dist 1030, R Monteith Strabane 1030, A Mitchell Amelia Earhart 1025, J & G Ramsey 1020, R McAteer Strabane 1020, D Mullan 1006, R & G Martin Maiden City 992, F Ramsey Maiden City 976, Mickey Rabbett 919, P McLaughlin Maiden City 916, E McEleney Derry & Dist 915.

City of Derry Federation Skibbereen Ylr Nat – D Canning Derry & Dist 1133, Mickey Rabbett Amelia Earhart 1070, J & G Ramsey Derry & Dist 1065, Mickey Rabbett 1058, J & G Ramsey 1051, J & G Ramsey 1031, J Diamond Derry & Dist 1030, A Mitchell Amelia Earhart 1025, J & G Ramsey 1020, R & G Martin Maiden City 992, F Ramsey Maiden City 976, Mickey Rabbett 919, P McLaughlin Maiden City 916, E McEleney Derry & Dist 915.

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mcdowellbude

 J McDowell & Sons from Ballymoney win 1stSect B for the second time this year. 

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The Sect B winning hen with her mate, raced by J McDowell& Sons. 

 

Card of the Day in Mid Antrim was produced by Martin Grahamin Ballymena. 

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Danny Dixon wins the race from Bude for Rasharkin & District, 1st MAC. 

millarhville

Derek Millar has 1st Club Harryville HPS fromBude, likes this distance. 

jackson

Davy Jackson has won both cross channel races in Kells &District. 

tweed

Tommy & Christopher Tweed took 1st & 3rdin Rasharkin & District.

steele

Alan Steele records yet another 1st in MuckamoreHPS. 

hope

Paul Hope had the winner in Edgarstown from Bude.

donaldson

R G & G Donaldson had a super card in Blackwatertown.

bwaterbird

The winning bird in Blackwatertown for R G & G Donaldson.

creaney

Bobby Creaney always to the fore on the channel, 1stin Portadown & Drumcree.

jimtony

The only two lofts to get birds in Derry & Dist, A McCrudden(r) and Jim Ramsey. 

mckinstry

Tommy Mckinstry 0f Drumnavaddy  with his 1st Sect E and 27th Open pigeon in Skibb Yearling Nat.

mullanstrabane

Dessi Mullan was best in Strabane & District, three intop six including winner.

allisterbird

The winner yesterday in Monaghan for Keith Allister fromSkibbereen flying 208 miles to loft in 4 hrs 41 mins with a velocity of 1304. Awinner on his birthday week. 

sebuckley

S & E Buckley from Edgarstown won for the 4thtime this year from Skibbereen.

buckleybird

The winning bird in Edgarstown for Simon & Eric Buckley.See text. 

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Harry Boyd wins the Ahoghill Centre and MAC for the second time this season. 

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Winners in Ballymena & Dist Robert and Robin Service,the Ylr Nat is a favourite race.